Why is the study of religion and theology important? Our undergraduates and academics share their experiences and passions for studying, teaching and researching at Bristol, from undergraduate community fieldwork to the role of women of religion throughout history.
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After journeying to Colombo (Sri Lanka) in May two students from the Department of Religion and Theology (University of Bristol) decided to bring a little piece of Colombo back by hosting Bristol’s first ‘dansal’. A dansal is a ‘generosity stall’ that forms a part of Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka. Those who pass by a dansal are offered free food and drinks. This can include cups of tea, soft drinks, rice and curry or ice cream. Dansals are held during Buddhist festivals days such as Vesak in May (celebrating the Buddha’s birth, awakening and death) and Poson in June (commemorating the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE). Friends, family and neighbours come together to organize dansals. Buddhists and non-Buddhists can organize and attend dansals. Holding a dansal is in essence a celebration of generosity, one of the qualities Buddhists hold in high esteem as a basis of merit or good karma.
The largest postgraduate conference for the humanities is held by the University of Bristol. This conference seeks to bring together postgraduates and early-career academics working on the study of religions from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, creating a space for them to share their work and to further encourage research and collaboration within the University of Bristol (the host institution), and among members of other universities within the UK and Europe.
For more information please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/gradschool/conferences/thrs/
I got a phone call from Channel NewsAsia, asking if I could speak with them for a minute or so, just to tell them what the pope would be doing from the time of his election (a few moments earlier) to the time of his introduction to the crowd. The minute turned out to be over an hour.